Report Boeing union leader criticizes proposal

first_imgSEATTLE — The leader of Boeing Co. machinists told hundreds of union workers Thursday night that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area, a newspaper reports.“I know this is a piece of crap,” Machinists District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said. “I will go to see if this can be withdrawn and not even put to a vote.”The vote is supposed to happen Wednesday. Wroblewski told union members he’ll check whether the union’s bylaws allow the proposal to be pulled.The meeting was closed to reporters until the doors flew open at the end and a Seattle Times reporter heard Wroblewski’s final comments.Departing machinists told reporters that their leader tore up a copy of the proposal as the meeting ended.A man who answered the phone late Thursday night at Machinists union headquarters said Wroblewski was not immediately available to discuss the reported comments with the Associated Press.“All of our options are still on the table, including those within Boeing and interest we have received from outside,” the aerospace company said in a statement late Thursday. “We chose to engage in Puget Sound first, but without full acceptance by the union and Legislature, we will be left with no choice but to open up the process competitively and pursue other options for locating the 777X work.”last_img read more

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